David R. Lazarony, Jr.
Born: November 24, 1964
David Lazarony grew up curious.
As a young boy, he was intrigued by the world around him, constantly asking questions and determined to figure out tangible solutions for everyday problems. And after a partial hearing loss at the age of five, he found himself relying more on his acute sense of sight and touch.
While other children were content to sit in front of the television, David challenged himself to build models, write computer programs, and explore his creative genius. And when it was time to choose a career, he was afraid of becoming a "starving artist" so he decided to pursue a high-tech career instead.
Formally trained at The Ohio State University as an electrical engineer, he spent more than a twenty years working in computer graphics and technology, a career that “fed him” with opportunities and successes beyond his wildest dreams.
In 1999, David answered a call from his creative muse. And every week, for more than seven years, David showed up for class, an experience he credits with getting him back into painting, and to a place where he was able to move his art beyond craft to concept.
Painting for him became a form of silent meditation, a way to de-stress from the pressures of a Silicon Valley career, as well as translate his view of the world into a tangible art form through the use of canvas and paint. In 2006, he and his wife Barbara moved to the Monterey Bay area of California, where he committed himself to painting portraits, figures, and landscapes full time.
David is passionate about exploring form, color, and the psychology of a painting, both for himself and for the art observer. He believes that his paintings are the mirrors to the soul; and it’s his strong desire to evoke emotion in others that fuels his creativity. He finds painting from life is a joyful discovery; both the way a color dances and sings, and the way light washes over a form. His paintbrush reveals nature's timeless beauty, whether it is a person or place; all are wonders to behold.
For David, there is something almost magical in his painting practice. The act of painting has taught him to be present. And by staying present, he can accept his feelings, which can in turn, led him to accept himself. And in accepting himself, he lives a more authentic and elegant life, full of never ending curiosity.
1987 The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Professional Teachers, Workshop Leaders & Art Mentors:
Brian Blood, Fine Art Workshop
Warren Chang, Fine Art Workshop
Bob Gerbracht, Fine Artist, Master of the Society of Western Artists, 1999-2006
Albert Handel, Fine Art Workshop
Linda Harris, Fine Artist, 2001-2003
Thomas Hill, Painter, Scottish Immigrant and Beloved Grandfather, 1964-1973
David Leffel, Fine Art Workshop
Sherrie McGraw, Fine Art Workshop
Randy Sexton, Fine Art Workshop
Nelson Shanks, Fine Art Workshop
Margaret Symmonds, Elementary Art Teacher and Talented Aunt, 1972-1980
Bea Van Meter, High-School Art Teacher, 1979-1983
2012 Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition
Awarded 3rd Merit in the Outside the Box Category
for The Alluring Stranger
2011 Pastel Society of the West Coast
25rd Annual International Open Exhibition
Pastel USA Award for Earth
2010 Santa Cruz Art League
National Figurative Go Figure
Honorable Mention for Fire
2009 Pastel Society of the West Coast
23rd Annual International Open Exhibition
Pastel USA Award for "Well?"
Open Studios, Group Exhibits, and Solo Shows:
2010 Pacific Grove Art Center, Solo Show-Experience Being Seen
2009 Monterey Artists Studio Tour
2007 Monterey Artists Studio Tour
2005 Silicon Valley Open Studios
2005 Pacific Grove Art Center, Solo Show- First Footing
2004 Silicon Valley Open Studios
2010 Newspaper Article: Self Portrait, artist David Lazarony explores
the art of Being Seen by Lisa Crawford Watson
2010 Book: The Art of Being Seen by David Lazarony
2005 Book: First Footing by David Lazarony
Allied Artists of America
California Art Club
Oil Painters of America
Pacific Grove Art Center
Pastel Society of the West Coast
Portrait Society of America
Santa Cruz Art League